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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-70-021
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:20 P.M. ON AUGUST 20, 1969, PENN CENTRAL COMMUTER TRAIN-48 AND N-49 COLLIDED HEAD-ON JUST NORTH OF THE HOYT STREET CROSSING ON THE NEW CANAAN BRANCH NEAR DARIEN, CONNECTICUT. TRAIN N-48, GOING FROM STAMFORD TO NEW CANAAN, HAD A THREE-MAN CREW AND ABOUT 60 TO 80 PASSENGERS. THE FIRST CAR IN TRAIN N-48 HAD BEEN CLOSED TO REVENUE PASSENGERS BEFORE IT LEFT STAMFORD. TRAIN N-49, A DEADHEAD EQUIPMENT TRAIN FROM NEW CANAAN TO STAMFORD, HAD A THREE-MAN CREW AND WAS CARRYING A CAR INSPECTOR AND AN ELECTRICIAN WHO HAD PERFORMED SERVICE AT NEW CANAAN AND WERE RETURNING TO STAMFORD, STILL ON DUTY. A PASSENGER, WHO WAS RIDING WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION IN THE HEAD CAR OF N-48, AND THE ENGINEER WERE KILLED.THE CONDUCTOR, FLAGMAN, AND ABOUT 40 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED. THE CONDUCTOR AND FLAGMAN ON TRAIN N-49 WERE KILLED AND THE ENGINEER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE HEAD CARS OF BOTH TRAINS WERE ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED; OTHER CARS WERE LESS SEVERLY DAMAGED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS AND THE AMERICAN SHORT LINE RAILROAD ASSOCIATION: ADVISE THEIR MEMBER RAILROADS OF THE DANGERS ARISING FROM THE PRACTICE OF EMPLOYEES' PLACING OTHER THAN ACCEPTED INTERPRETATIONS ON RULES AND LONG-STANDING PRACTICES, AND OF THE NEED FOR RULES PROHIBITING SUCH PRACTICES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Railroad
Location: Darien, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80011
Accident Reports: Penn Central Company, Collision of Trains N-48 and N-49
Report #: RAR-70-03
Accident Date: 8/20/1969
Issue Date: 10/23/1970
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
To: NTSB
Date: 12/24/1970
Response: AAR ACKNOWLEDGED RECIPT OF REPORT, SEE NONACTION AGENCY RESPON10/26/72-FRA ADMINISTRATOR UPDATED RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION IN COMMENTS ON NTSB-RSS-72-1 SPECIAL STUDY REPORT COVERING TRAIN ACCIDENTS ATTRIBUTED TO THE "NEGLIGENCE OF EMPLOYEES. FRA COMMENTS AS FOLLOWS: BOTH THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS AND THE AMERICAN SHORT LINE RAILROAD ASSOCIATION HAVE A PROGRAM TO APPRISE THEIR MEMBERS OF THIS ACCIDENT."